Thursday, 19 Jul 2018

News

FDA Approves Low Dose Baricitinib for Rheumatoid Arthritis

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved baricitinib (Olumiant) for use in adults in moderate-to-severe active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have had an inadequate response to TNF inhibitors (TNFi). It is not approved for use, nor has it been studied, in children.

FDA Approves Baricitinib 2 mg for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved baricitinib (Oluminant) at the lower dose of 2 mg per day for use in adults with with moderate-to-severe active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have had an inadequate response to commonly-used treatments known as TNF inhibitors.

The RheumNow Week in Review – Good News for GPA, CZP, Tofa but not ERA (6.1.18)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews this weeks reports from RheumNow.com, including the risk of autoimmunity with vaccination, early RA outcomes, new FDA approvals for certolizumab and tofacitinib and the risk of death from infection with biologics.

MRI Imaging for Sacroiliitis Requires Bone Marrow Edema for Reliability

de Winter and colleagues from the Netherlands have reported on magnetic resonance imaging of the sacroiliac joints of healthy subjects, patients with axial spondyloarthritis, runners and those with chronic back pain, and found a high incidence of sacroiliitis in many, but that deep bone marrow edema was most specific for those with axial SpA.

Ustekinumab: A Novel Intervention in Giant Cell Arteritis

Treatment of refractory giant cell arteritis (GCA) with ustekinumab (Stelara) showed therapeutic promise as a steroid-sparing agent in a small, open-label study, Irish researchers reported.

High anti-TNF Failure Rates with Obesity

A meta-analysis has suggested that obesity is an under-reported predictor of inferior response to tumor necrosis factor blockade (anti-TNF) in a range of inflammatory immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs), with the results showing a 60% risk of impaired response to anti-TNF across several IMIDs. Surprisingly, however, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) appeared to be the exception to the obesity-response effect.

Increased Risk of Depression and Anxiety in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Canadian researchers have analyzed population data and shown that the incidence and prevalence of depression, anxiety  and bipolar disorders are elevated in the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients compared to a matched population.

Cancer Risk Raised in Psoriatic Arthritis

Patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) were at increased risks for malignancy, and possibly more so if they were treated with conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), a meta-analysis found.

In nine cohort studies that included more than 43,000 PsA patients, the pooled relative risk for overall malignancy was 1.29 (95% CI 1.04-1.60) compared with the general population, according to Yunyun Fei, MD, and colleagues from Peking Union Medical College in Beijing.

ACP Policy Calls for Increased Efforts in Women's Health Issues

The American College of Physicians have published a position paper in Annals of Internal Medicine calling for an examination of the challenges facing women in the U.S. health, including access to care; sex- and gender-specific health issues; variation in health outcomes compared with men; underrepresentation in research studies; and public policies that affect women, their families, and society.

Restless Sleep and Inactivity Intertwined in OA

Adults with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee who frequently experienced restless sleep were less likely to engage in potentially beneficial moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, analysis of data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative found.

The RheumNow Week in Review – Methotrexate CIRT Study (5.25.18)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews this past week's news from RheumNow.com - the risk of Cutaneous and Systemic LE, increasing flu vaccination, higher risk of VTE, MPO predictions, new drug for GIOP and CIRT - MTX in cardiovascular risk patients.

Measures of Opioid Misuse Predict Future Opioid Overdose and Death

The current issue of Annals of Internal Medicine examines patterns of potential opioid misuse that are associated with subsequent adverse outcomes nationally.

Researchers analyzed a 5% sample of Medicare beneficiaries who had an opioid prescription, without a cancer diagnosis.  Specifically the sought to correlate a diagnosis of opioid overdose with other measures of opioid misuse including: